Thought leadership

2.6 million aim to become their own boss in 2019, research reveals

New research released today reveals that more Brits than ever before want to start their own business in 2018.  The survey of 1,000 working British people, carried out by award-winning cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent, found that 8% intend to start their own business within the year of 2019. With over 32 million people currently […]

What makes this Monday so blue? And what’s the solution?

Employment law experts have warned employers to be prepared for a huge loss in workplace productivity as Blue Monday, “the most depressing day of the year”, strikes today. The powerful trend was first coined in 2005 to refer to aspects such as weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas as well as national motivation levels. More […]

Labour shortages and slowing sales put new year squeeze on UK firms

UK firms are being squeezed by labour shortages, rising prices and a slowdown in sales. More companies than ever before are finding it hard to recruit staff according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). It warned that higher costs meant more manufacturers were expecting to raise prices. The proportion of services firms saying sales […]

MPs fury over Facebook chief Zuckerberg ‘no show’

Politicians from nine countries reacted angrily to the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing today. The event is part of an unprecedented international inquiry into disinformation and fake news. Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy solutions, appeared in Mr Zuckerberg’s place.He said he took responsibility for deciding who appeared at which committee. […]

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating Cambridge Analytica data breach

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely-used Parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. Damian Collins, MP, later said […]

Public sector outstanding rebounds with strongest performance in two years

The UK public sector outsourcing market recorded its highest quarterly performance since 2016 in the third quarter of 2018, as government departments focused on securing deals for IT and tech services, according to the Arvato UK Outsourcing Index. The research, compiled by business outsourcing partner Arvato and industry analyst NelsonHall, found that the strong performance […]

Budget 2019: Tech Giants face digital service tax

Technology giants will be forced to pay tax on the sales they generate in the UK, under new plans announced in the Budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to introduce a digital services tax from April 2020 following a consultation. He said “established tech giants” will be targeted rather than start-ups. Companies such as Amazon and […]

Sir Philip Green: ‘There was only banter’

Sir Philip Green has again denied allegations of harassment – saying there had only “been some banter” which had “never been offensive”. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday from a spa in Arizona, he said he was happy to apologise if anything caused offence. The High Street tycoon spoke to the paper after a week where […]